Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country consisting of the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and many smaller islands. The country is best known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, and unique animals such as kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

Coat of Arms

National Animal

Red Kangaroo

National Flower

Golden Wattle

Products and Posts About Australia

Australia Day

By Julie Yeros | January 24, 2016

January 26 is Australia Day – a day for celebrating being Australian. This national public holiday consists of hundreds of events taking place across the country, including parties, concerts, parades, sporting events, barbecues, fireworks, and more.  Let’s take a look at just some of the events that will be held in Sydney this year: WugulOra Morning Ceremony:…

Speaking Aussie A to Z

By Julie Yeros | January 19, 2016

The majority of Australians speak English.  Australian English has its own distinctive accent and vocabulary.  Here are some common words and phrases to try out: A     ace (excellent); ankle biters (little children); arvo (afternoon) B     bathers (swim suit); bonnet (engine end of a car); boot (trunk end of a car); brolly…

Australia Country Research Project

By Julie Yeros | January 11, 2016

Our Australia Country Research Project is a great way to launch your study of this island continent! Students work independently, with a partner, or in a small group to research Australia’s geography and culture using classroom books and websites.  They complete a variety of activities to show what they’ve learned, and glue them into a journal…

Australia Resources for Kids

By Julie Yeros | January 6, 2016

In preparation for Australia Day (January 26), I will be sharing lots of resources throughout the month to help teach kids about “the land down under.” Let’s Get Organized… Gather a variety of books (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, folktales, biographies, etc.).  Here are just some of my favorites. Create a folder of bookmarked websites for children…